Darren’s Daily Dose of Weird News

The Al-Riyadh newspaper reports that a woman in Khamis Mushayt, Saudi Arabia, asked for a divorce because her husband of 30 years lifted her veil while she was sleeping so he could see her face for the first time. The paper says that wives never showing their faces to their husbands is not an Islamic edict but a tradition practiced by a minority of Persian Gulf people. For instance, one 70-year-old woman who was asked how she had kids without her husband ever seeing her face replied, “Marriage is about love, not faces.” In the case of the woman who asked for a divorce, her husband apologized and promised never to try to see her face again.  ***MARLAR: In fact, he was very insistent about it.

Some scientists believe that vitamin D, which the body creates from sunlight, prevents cancer, but sunscreen is keeping people from getting enough of it. ***MARLAR: Well, that’s pleasant news.  The sun causes cancer, and now so does sunscreen.

The car-shopping site Edmunds.com offered some myth-busting tips to help drivers save gas. They say cars are now so aerodynamic and air conditioners so efficient, it makes no difference whether you run the A/C or roll down the windows. Today’s cars use far more gas if you let them idle for a few minutes while stopped than if you kill the engine and re-start them. The #1 waste of gas is frequent braking and acceleration, so use the cruise control. And carrying a little junk in the trunk doesn’t add enough weight to affect mileage.   ***MARLAR: Is that referring to my trunk – or the trunk of the car?

If being in love has ever made you do something silly or stupid, there could be scientific reasoning behind that. A study at the University of London shows love often makes people forget facts and lose their concentration. Brain scans on volunteers showed the areas responsible for memory and concentration became less active when they were shown pictures of their loved ones. ***MARLAR: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways… 1… 2… 3…, uh, 3… uh… I’m sorry, what was your name again?

If you want an easy way to lower your blood pressure, drink a cup of hot cocoa. It turns out that cocoa — not tea — can lower blood pressure as well as medication designed to control hypertension.  ***MARLAR: Be sure to check with your doctor before beginning any chocolate or cocoa regimen.

The National Institute of Aging is studying “The Warrior Diet,” in which you gorge yourself on burgers, ice cream or whatever you want within two hours, but you don’t eat the rest of the day.  ***MARLAR: Of course not… it’d take you the rest of the day to sleep it off!

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